SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.
ATTN Bridgeport Art Trail participants:
The deadline for our Call for Listings is August 30th!

End August with an active week of arts and culture in Bridgeport!

Thursday, August 27th visit the Opening Reception of City Lights Gallery's Annual Member's Exhibition from 5:30-8pm. Then take part in a Figure Drawing Session at the gallery on Saturday 3-6pm and finish your weekend off with some brunch and shopping at the "Arts & Eats" event at Barnum Publick House featuring a pop-up arts market!
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Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.

ATTN Bridgeport Art Trail participants:
The deadline for our Call for Listings is August 30th!
Don't miss your chance to be featured in promotions for the 7th annual celebration of arts and culture throughout Bridgeport. Scroll down for the full submission details. 

End August with an active week of arts and culture in Bridgeport!

Thursday, August 27th visit the Opening Reception of City Lights Gallery's Annual Member's Exhibition from 5:30-8pm. Then take part in a Figure Drawing Session at the gallery on Saturday 3-6pm and finish your weekend off with some brunch and shopping at the "Arts & Eats" event at Barnum Publick House featuring a pop-up arts market!

The Bijou Theatre is active in September with their "Reel Law Series" presenting Kramer vs Kramer and a live theater event later in the month of "Tick Tick Boom", the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitizer Prize and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent.

Actors, don't miss your chance to audition for "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. 

The Housatonic Museum of Art celebrates their extensive collection with their "50 objects/Fifty Years" exhibit. The exhibit will be on view from September 10 through October 16, 2015 in the Burt Chernow Galleries. An opening reception will be held September 10, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Storytelling series Heart of the City returns with its fourth installment on September 14th to share tales of embarrassment and growth in their September theme "Mortified: Letters, Diary Entries, and Stories from the Awkward Years".
Plus, celebrate art at Captain's Cove Seaport on September 17th for City Lights Gallery's Annual Fundraising event: a celebration featuring drink, music, art, video, art demos, and more! 

This August, we're happy to feature artist Robin Gilmore as our Artist of the Month!

Learn more about this multifaceted mixed media artist, designer, and owner of Made in Bridgeport: 

"I am an artist, educator and the owner of Made In Bridgeport, located in Bridgeport, CT. I make jewelry and art with found objects, items that are repurposed, broken and salvaged that will surely make a great addition to your own collections. I love using everyday objects, some vintage or industrial and anything that is inspiring that I can feel in my hands as I am making a new work of art."

Be sure to check out all the details below!
Visit the full calendar of Bridgeport Art listings at the Bridgeport Art Trail Website.


VISUAL ART: Annual Member’s Exhibit
City Lights Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 27th, 5:30-8pm
Regular gallery hours: W-F 11:30-5, Thurs open until 7, Sat 12-4 pm.
Event Description:

Every year City Lights hosts one unjuried exhibit designed to build community. It is always an interesting experiment featuring a spectrum of styles and skills.

A recurring theme focusses on contemporary manipulations of well-known masterpieces including works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch and Van Gogh.

Exhibiting Members Include:
Patrice Barrett, Tom Brenner, Aaron Brenner, Patte Cocoran, Bryant Davis, Steve Gerber, Scott Davis, Mina de Hass, Allan Dudek, Danielle Julius, Beth Lazar, Phil Levine, Karen Loprete, Janice Mauro, Shanna Melton, Jon Oldham, Andy Pinto, Collen Reilly Rees, David Rosenberg, Eileen Fitz Smith, Ken Staffey,  Gustavo Torres, FranCesca Winfield

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VISUAL ART: 50 Objects/Fifty Years: Highlights from the Collection
Housatonic Museum of Arts, Burt Chernow Galleries
Opening Reception Thursday, September 10th, 5:30-7 p.m.
On View, September 10th-October 16th 2015

Event Description: 

The 50 Objects/Fifty Years: Highlights from the Collection exhibit represents the start of a year- long program of special events, lectures, and exhibits celebrating 50 years since Housatonic Community College was founded. It will involve alumni, students, community, faculty and staff, and supporters of the college.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is the fitting host of the opening as the art collection is a cornerstone of the history, growth and development as well as the cultural outreach of the college.

The exhibit will be on view from September 10 through October 16, 2015 in the Burt Chernow Galleries. An opening reception will be held September 10, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Burt Chernow Galleries are free and open seven days a week. Visit the website, for gallery hours.

50 Objects/50 Years features works from the collection that span across time from ancient to contemporary and include examples of Greek, Roman and Pre-Columbian earthenware to Native American artifacts. Also on view are photographers such as Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson and Cindy Sherman alongside such recognized masters as Warhol, Picasso, Rodin, Cassatt, Durer, De Kooning and Alex Katz, to name a few.

Founded in 1966, the
Housatonic Community College soon became home to a world-class art collection when Burt Chernow joined the faculty of the art department. Dedicating his life to teaching art and building an important collection, Burt worked tirelessly to acquire work from contemporary artists, many of them at the start of their careers. After retiring from the college in 1983, Burt began a second career as an art appraiser often encouraging his clients to contribute to the still growing collection that now began to include works from Bali, China, Indonesia, Russia and Peru.

Burt Chernow envisioned the Housatonic Museum of Art as a kind of visual library, or endless labyrinth, with each work of art providing each individual a unique opportunity to travel through the world of art and ideas.

The Housatonic Museum of Art’s collection contains over 5000 works of art spanning ancient through modern times and is one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the Northeast. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the Werth Family Foundation, Lumpkin Family Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Downtown Special Services District and individual donors.

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VISUAL ART: Figure Drawing Session
City Lights Gallery
Saturday, August 29th, 3-6pm

Event Description: 
Participate in a figure drawing session with a live model.
Model fee: $15, Members $12, Students $10

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SPECIAL EVENT: Arts & Eats - A brunch mini-market
Sunday, August 30th, 11-2pm
Barnum Publick House Special Events Room

Event Description:
Spend your Sunday morning brunching and browsing original artwork at the “Arts & Eats” event at Barnum Publick House Sunday, August 30th, 11-2pm.

Members of Bridgeport’s live/work artist community “Read’s Artspace” will be on site vending handmade works for a mini market! Screenprinted t-shirts and posters, canvas and photo prints, jewelry, and additional assorted items will be available for purchase.

Grab your friends and a mimosa and pop-in for this creative pop-up sale!

For the Barnum Publick House Brunch Menu (Including Bottomless Cocktails) visit:
*Reservations Recommended

Participating Vendors include:
Paradox Ink

Commuter View -Connecticut Print Co.

Imagine Art
And more!

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FILM: Reel Law Series – Kramer vs Kramer
Thursday, September 10th, 7pm
The Bijou Theatre

Event Description:
In this film, Joanna Kramer walks out on her advertising-art-director husband Michael. Also left behind is the Kramers’ 6-year-old son Billy. At first, both father and son resent each other’s company but soon form a strong bond. Suddenly, Joanna reenters his life, announcing that she wants full custody of Billy.
Running time: 1 hr., 45 min.; Rated: PG
Doors open: 6:00pm, Film begins: 7:00pm.  Film followed by Q&A with counsel from Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider. Light refreshments provided.

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LIVE THEATER: Tick Tick Boom
The Bijou Theatre
September 11th - September 20th

Event Description:
An aspiring composer questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday in Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical.
Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick…Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors, and a band, Tick, Tick…Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.
His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, and yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.
Everyone will love this youthful, endearing, and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges. Tick, Tick…Boom! features a three-person cast showcasing strong pop/rock singers and allowing performers to make creative character choices.
Doors open one hour prior to show.
Theatre seats: $23, Table seats: $28, Student seats: $18
Dates Below:
Fri 9/11 8:00pm , Sat 9/12 8:00pm , Sun 9/13 3:00pm ,
Thu 9/17 7:00pm , Fri 9/18 8:00pm , Sun 9/20 5:00pm

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SPECIAL EVENT:  Heart of the City Storytelling Series
Theme: Mortified: Letters, Diary Entries, + Stories from the Awkward Years
Monday, September 14th, 6:45-8:00pm
The Bananaland, 162 Elm Street, Floor 3, Bridgeport CT

Event Description:
Changing the Bridgeport narrative one story at a time.
Storytelling events the first Monday of every month with local speakers, live music, food + fun!

They always said, "One day you'll look back on this and laugh..."
Well, that time has come!

Join us for our 4th Heart of the City storytelling event as we empathize along with a new set of speakers... those brave souls willing to share some of life's most embarrassing moments.

As usual, live music, light food + drinks, and a whole lot of good vibes.

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Gallery visit to City Lights: students are introduced to weaving and view the exhibit COMMON THREADS, a fabric art exhibit that included Gee's Bend quilts.

SAVE THE DATE!: City Lights Gallery Annual Fundraising Event
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Captain’s Cove.
1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
Thursday, September 17, 2015
5-9 pm

Multi-media Celebration featuring:
Food, Drink, Music, Art, Video, Fun and Surprises!
Help us continue our 11+ year mission to serve our Community through Art and insure our outreach programs for area Youth and Adults continue.
City Lights programs include: The Bridgeport Arts Trail each November, Painting and Weaving Workshops with Alpha Community Services, Integrating Art & Natural Science with local Elementary, Jr. High, and High School students, Chess workshops for youth, Bridgeport Mental Health Art Therapy Workshops …as well as providing opportunities for area artists of all levels, backgrounds, and abilities to present, sell, and experience Art.
Please consider donating a small postcard size piece of art for our teacup auction on September 17, 2015.

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Photo: BPT Art Trail - Emily Larned in her studio, photo by Kvon Photography


BPT ART TRAIL, scheduled November 12-15, 2015.

LISITNGS ARE DUE: SUNDAY AUGUST 30, 2015 for the 7th city-wide open studios weekend. Once again advertising is a free service to all arts venues in the city of Bridgeport, CT. Larger ads and sponsorships are available upon request and subject to space limitations.

Please compose a brief description of venue(s) and listing(s) of activities scheduled for the city-wide open studios weekend and submit your listing by SUNDAY AUGUST 30, 2015 to:

Please use “Bpt Art Trail Listing” in the subject title of your email. Send copy in a word document in upper and lower case.  Images should be sent as jpegs at 300 dpi ad 75 dpi.  See an example below of info requested.

Venues that already have something scheduled for that weekend do not need to create additional programs, just send us your listings, in the manner that you want to describe it. Be sure to give contact info that you are comfortable giving out to the public. 

Check out these links to get an idea of what activities and info are listed:

Name of Venue:
Title of Event, Program: OPEN STUDIOS (for example)
Dates & Times: Day(s), Date, Hours
Reception, Studio Tours or Demos Times if applicable:
Brief description: For Example: View the studios of 35 artists working in all medias of fine and applied art, including photography, painting, fine quilts and textile design, sculpture, woodwork, printmaking and more.
Admission: Free, Suggested Donation $XX, Ticket Price, etc.
Parking Info if applicable

Thursday and Friday evenings focus on the downtown area and then Friday night, Sat, Sunday events happen city-wide. Once we get the information we will organize an itinerary for the weekend. Please collaborate with your fellow artists/neighbors as you have done in the past so that performances, open studio tours, etc. are scheduled in clusters creating a mini-destination place. Organize your cluster of activities so that overlapping is at a minimum.
We received good feedback from our first artists’ party. This provide artists and arts enthusiasts with an opportunity to socialize and network.  This year the Thursday night kick-off will feature a small works show of Bridgeport artist from all areas of the city at McLevy Hall. All Bridgeport artists are welcome to submit work and attend. It will be a convenient way to introduce visitors to a sampling of Bridgeport artists.

Once all submissions are compiled in late September, a document will be created for all contact people to review. There will be a 2 day review period for SMALL revisions and edits. This will be the ONLY opportunity to make edits and small changes. TO MAKE CHANGES... A FULL LISTING MUST BE RESENT. Last year we received fragments and sentences. It was difficult for Bpt Art Trail staff to follow through on corrections.

If you have any questions please email  or call (203)984-8613
Review last year’s Bpt Art Trail guide:

We update the Bpt Art Trail calendar monthly and send out a bimonthly newsletter. Please send us your info. Please send listings and info for the  Bpt Art Trail newsletter to :  
Please use “BAT Newsletter” in the subject title.

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AUDITIONS: Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre - Fiddler on the Roof
Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th

University of Bridgeport Arts & Humanities Building
84 Iranistan Ave Bridgeport CT 06604 (free parking lot)

Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on September 8 & 9; Director: Joel Fenster; Musical Director: Clay Zambo; Choreographer: Lindsay Johnson.
The show runs Dec 4-20 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre 263 Golden Hill St in Bridgeport, CT.
Please note that the auditions will take place at University of Bridgeport, 84 Iranistan Ave Bridgeport CT 06604 (free parking lot).  

We are seeking a large cast of approximately 35 performers ages 8-80 for this classic family musical. There are principal roles available as well as numerous featured supporting roles, and a featured dancing ensemble. Please note the role of Tevye is cast. Non-Equity, no pay.

Visit to access the audition sign-up form.


Two open-call auditions will take place,
Tuesday September 8 & Wednesday September 9:

CHILDREN ONLY (ages 15 and under) from 5:45pm-7pm (sign-in begins at 5:15pm, please don’t arrive before 5pm)

ADULTS ONLY (ages 16+) from 7pm-9:30pm (sign-in begins at 6pm, sign-in ends at 8:30pm)

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (scroll down below for info on how to reserve a timeslot). For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions. Please email for info.

What to prepare:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.

Please prepare a short selection (no longer than 1 minute) of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is ok. Bring sheet music in the correct key---a capella singing is highly discouraged.

Callbacks will take place on Thurs Sep 10 beginning at 5pm for children and 6:30pm for adults. There will also be a movement/dance call at callbacks. Only some roles require dancing, we are seeking performers of all types. Not all roles require callbacks, so not receiving a callback is not an indication of whether or not you have been cast.

For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots . Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. We will not be doing appointment timeslots for child actors. Visit to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.


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My name is Robin Gilmore. I am an artist, educator and the owner of Made In Bridgeport, located in Bridgeport, CT. I make jewelry and art with found objects, items that are repurposed, broken and salvaged that will surely make a great addition to your own collections. I love using everyday objects, some vintage or industrial and anything that is inspiring that I can feel in my hands as I am making a new work of art. I am participating in the “Green Movement”, and the reuse of materials I use is one way I contribute to the healing of our planet. Every piece that I make has a story and that's what I love about making my art. As a child, I was said to be most likely to grow up “making something out of nothing”, and here is where I find myself now: Always Reinventing Things!!!
  1. How would you describe your artwork/style?
  1. I consider myself to be a mixed media artist and designer, that being said, it goes much deeper and wider in scope then one would imagine. My style is a very romantic one based on the past…and then paradoxically it moves into a postmodern style using hardware, gears, metals found in construction. Mostly I choose what I create with whatever form of material calls out to me and gets my attention. One might say I am in tune to the very tiny bits and pieces that create my work. The width of that scope can also take me to painting, sculpting, paper and found art collage and photography at any given moment and sometimes mixes into the work that is created
  1. What medium do you work in?
  1. Mostly these days I work in jewelry design and that is really the bread and butter and some of the honey of what keeps me going. I also do workshops with all ages and that ignites the creativity in me that I hope comes through to pass on its spark to others.
  1. What is your process like? 
  1. My process is spontaneous, almost dreamlike and often without much thought, but sometimes it’s like problem solving or putting together a puzzle. The intuitiveness of knowing whether a piece fits, how it fits, where it fits and also know if it doesn’t, is the simplest way to describe the process. Sometimes I go to sleep trying to solve a problem of a piece that doesn’t seem to be working and in a dream I will get the answers, often drawing it out at 2 or 3 am. There is some channeling taking place which I try to honor.
  1. What inspires you?
  1. Stories inspire me. I like to tell stories as I am creating my pieces, it gives them a life of their own. It is also what attracts people to my work. I often think about who the person will be that will purchase a piece (jewelry piece). The piece may be about needing a guide for a decision   that must be made, or an understanding of a commitment to a relationship. Sometimes the pieces are made with humor and people who can laugh at themselves will purchase my work, because it makes them feel good to know all these broken pieces can heal something that may be broken in them too.
  1. How do you think you’ve changed or developed as an artist?
  1. I feel more secure as an artist now, having been an artist all my life. Maybe its age, maybe it’s the confidence of putting myself out there. I now more than ever allow and protect my space for the creative process. Set better boundaries. Make choices that honor the process. I think the jewelry design is the thing I was meant to do and I would love to learn even more about metalsmithing, soldering etc. There is always room to grow and learn more.
  1. Can you tell me about “Made in Bridgeport” and how your business has grown or changed?
  1. Made In Bridgeport came about just as the Reads Artspace project was taking shape. I thought about the very large corner space which is currently a martial arts school on Broad Street- I thought how wonderful it would be to have a business called Made In Bridgeport where all of the best things that are made in Bridgeport by artist and artisans could be for sale, could share a history, could tell their stories. This came at a time when the Remington Artists were being dislocated and I saw all the incredible artists and businesses that were happening there trying to find new locations. At that time I was running a business called Park City Artists Resources on Connecticut Ave. Then a few years ago I had an opportunity to have my business downtown in the Arcade Mall and it went well in the beginning and it also became about showcasing and selling other peoples work again. I have since moved back to my Connecticut Ave location and am loving the freedom that being back in my old space provides. I have more solitary time in my private studio to create and run my business which includes selling work online as well as weekend events in the community. And now I am teaching more than ever. It is a good fit.
"The City has a very rich resource of creative people who need opportunities to express their style of art. Art needs to be seen everywhere downtown and throughout the city, it also needs to be heard."
  1. You host a variety of workshops, what have some of your favorite themes been?
  1. I love teaching people how to work with what they already have. “Bring the Junk From Your Trunk” is one of my favorite workshops as I assist others in thinking in different ways about the objects that they bring to the table. They learn basic jewelry making skills as well. I love doing jewelry making classes with little girls- especially Birthday Parties and I’m starting to develop workshops for boys as well as including men in the mix. I mostly love using recyclable materials. The world is abundant with all sorts of reusable stuff
  1. Bridgeport continues to be a site that artists are attracted to. How do you think the arts can impact the city?
  1. The Arts in Bridgeport should mirror what is already happening in New Haven and Stamford. It may be because the downtown area is just a few blocks and not as massive as these other cities, but things are beginning to grow in many directions downtown and outside of those limits. We have a lot of art venues happening all over town- openings, Bridgeport Arts Fest, and the up and coming Art Trail, concerts on McLevy Green. The City has a very rich resource of creative people who need opportunities to express their style of art.
Art needs to be seen everywhere downtown and throughout the city, it also needs to be heard. We also have some major music people and poets. Some who have performed at Gallery 1212 where I am now located. I am thinking I wish I had known then what I know now. So a Comeback is taking shape on the East End. I think the Artists are the running dogs for this creative economy, but that just isn't enough. I think we should and could make a greater impact on our community with the right support. Sometimes we just don't even know what resources are already in place.
  1. Any other upcoming news, events, or anything else you'd like to share?
  1. Now that I am back at the Bridgeport Innovation Center in the Gallery 1212 space, I am revisiting a lot of the ideas I had thought about doing here before. I will be having a monthly open house in my new location beginning in September. One of the things my partner and I are working on is trying to establish a Creative Corridor that connects into Stratford and moves from Stratford Avenue to Connecticut Avenue and extends all the way through to Fairfield Avenue into Black Rock.  “East Meets West” you might say. We will be hosting along with the owners of the Bridgeport Innovation Center an opportunity for artists to participate in the Bpt Art Trail at this location. A call to artists will be out shortly. In the meantime, I am doing The Black Rock Farmers Market every Saturday from 9-1 and on the last Sunday in August I will be at The Artists and Artisans on Paradise Green Event., looking forward to a lineup of Fall events into the Christmas Holiday. During the week, I am also doing workshops at some social service programs through City Lights Gallery and also using the Bridgeport ART CART downtown to get all sorts of people to make art, I get to hear great stories and I know I am making a difference in their lives- both young and old.
"I like the changes that I have recently made it has been very good for me. I feel energized and much more grounded in the steps I am taking and I am doing what I love."
Robin Gilmore
Made In Bridgeport
955 Connecticut Avenue  Bldg #1 Suite 1212
Bridgeport CT 06607              

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